Hi friends, First time I am starting a thread here. Actually Spuppala's thread reminded me of an incident which I would love to share with you. My neighbours had a German shepherd who was very friendly with us too. The moment he saw my dad, he would run and bring a big stone and drop it at his feet. This was the signal. Dad would have to throw the stone and he would go and get it. Try as he might, Dad could not get it from him. He would latch on to the stone tightly, hover around Dad and refuse to drop the stone. All Dad had to do then was feign disinterest. Promptly doggy would drop the stone back at his feet. It used to be great fun to watch. When my sister delivered my niece and brought her home, she went to the neighbour's house on the first day with the baby for something. Doggy loped along and my sister for a moment stood still wondering what he was going to do. He looked up at sis holding the baby, jumped up just as everyone geared up to grab him by the collar, stood on his hind legs, peered at the baby without touching her, got down and went off. It was so wonderful to see such sensitivity (in spite of curiosity) in a dog. Even after that in the afternoons (it was winter) we used to put her out on a cot in the courtyard so it would be a bit warm and she could get some sunshine. Doggy used to come by and be walking around, but not once did he ever hurt or even come near the baby. Looking forward to hearing such stories of animal sensitivities from all of you.